07:59 GMT23 October 2020
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    A major earthquake in southwestern Japan did not affect the work of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant located within reach of the disaster, local media reported Thursday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) According to the Kyodo news agency, the Sendai NPP continues its operations on schedule.

    Earlier in the day, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake took place in southern Japan, near the regional capital of Kumamoto on Japan's Kyushu island. No information about casualties was immediately available, and no tsunami threat was issued.

    The power plant did not generate electricity since the nationwide shutdown in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which started a tsunami that killed about 16,000 people. In 2015, Sendai NPP,  operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Company, was the first Japanese power plant to be restarted.


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